Monday, May 24, 2010

container vegetable gardening with young children




If you would like to grow vegetables with your children but don't necessarily have the space or time to devote to a traditional dig, no-dig or raised veggie garden, then the Vegepod could be the answer you have been looking for.


The Vegepod is ideal for preschools or backyards that are short on space:  large, sturdy and portable and a perfect child-sized height with a handy canopy that keeps out hungry critters but is light and easy for children to lift by themselves.

Our friendly nurseryman came to set up our first Vegepod, and found himself with lots of willing helpers:




The canopy will not only stop possums from munching on our crops - it also acts as a greenhouse environment with a mist spray watering system:



The watering system is another plus for preschool environments:  a timer system means that crops won't perish during school holidays.

I love that it is so child friendly:  the kids have been lifting the canopy throughout the day to check on the progress of their crops:


You can read about our first harvest in "cooking with vegetables from our own garden"

5 comments:

  1. This is very clever, Jenny. I've been wondering if we could devise our own irrigation system out in the garden. Looks like you have that one solved! =)

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  2. It is clever isn't it - and relatively inexpensive too (I think about $350). Our school manager was out at a nursery one weekend and saw them and nabbed one on the spot - lucky us that she thought they were so nifty!

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  3. Wow I reckon even I could grow vegies in one of these! Our vegetable patch is the one thing I keep talking about but haven't been brave enough to put into action ... clearly my past disasters have left a scar!
    Donna :) :)

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  4. I wonder if we have these in the states. We're growing tomatoes and peppers inside in an Aerogarden, but it looks like this has much more space. I'm all for anything that waters itself!

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  5. What a great idea - thanks for sharing - I have been looking at raised garden beds and hadn't decided anything - still with the old polystyrene boxes from the supermarket...I'll make enquiries. :)

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